Letter from a Civil War soldier
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Camp near Petersburg Va July 7th 1864 Friend Ach Ord Joe First I must congratulate - and then must acknowledge the receipt of your epistle then proceed to further details. And so you have now all right to the title and the interest in - of - to or for the soubriquet [sic] of Ach Ord Sergt to a company of unsophisti- cated recruits, well - Joe good luck till [then?] and may you have further showers of official favors [page break] rained upon your whore-y head, well to say the least of it, joe, you are among the favoured sons of Co “H”, whilst we are trodding beneath the burning rays of a sun not a great distance from Blood Heat. You can spot your sherry - cobblers, and seasoned soda - waters till your hearts content, I dont [sic] envy you but would like to participate with you in them, I have been quite unwell for two weeks with Diarrhea which has reduced me to a shaving, I am now however recovering, slowly, think I will be to do duty in a few days provided there is no return of it. Our Co now stacks 15 guns [page break] all told, out of the 66 we have had since we started on this march. 37 have been killed + wounded, 4 taken Prisoner or killed, beside some 4 or 5 slightly wounded who are present with us now, some have been sent away sick. The boys present are in good health and making the best of it, everything and body seems to be resting from the severe labours of the last two months, Capt Stockton commands in all his glory I do not know how he is doing as I have not been on duty since he took command. Tell Frank W I have never received his letters yet, but I will write to him [page break] tomorrow, if nothing prevents. He is much a stranger to me have not known a whimper of him for near 6 months, Walt is flourishing [---] etc I must close Write to me very soon Ever your Old chum + friend Sam To Joe
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